Google: Core Web Vitals Becoming Ranking Signals in 2023

In May 2021, Google confirms that Core Web Vitals will become ranking signals for search results.

In a May 2021 update, Google announced that Core Web Vitals would become ranking signals, combining existing UX-related signals.

The ‘page experience’ signal blends the following signals with Core Web Vitals:

  • Mobile-friendliness
  • Safe-browsing
  • HTTPS-security
  • Intrusive interstitial guidelines

Core Web Vitals were launched earlier this year and are intended to assess how users perceive a page’s speed, responsiveness, and visual stability. These are known as the Core Web Vitals, and they are as follows:

  • The time it takes for a page’s key content to load in the largest contentful paint. A 2.5 second or faster LCP calculation is optimal.
  • The time it takes for a website to become interactive after the first input. A measurement of less than 100 milliseconds is optimal.
  • Cumulative Layout Change: The sum of unforeseen visual page content layout shift. A measurement of less than 0.1 is optimal.

As user expectations for web pages shift, Core Web Vitals can change from year to year.

New Labels in Search Results

In search results, Google can provide labels that indicate which results provide a good page experience.

Google is currently working on visual indicators to classify pages that meet all of the above-mentioned page experience requirements.

A test of the mark will be released shortly. If the testing goes well, it will be released in May 2021, along with a new page experience.

Many pages currently do not meet the criteria for this label. According to a report published in August, only about 15% of websites are configured well enough to pass the Core Web Vitals test.

Owners of websites tend to be putting in a lot of effort to get their pages ready for the page experience signal. The number of users using Lighthouse and Page Speed Insights to test page experience metrics has increased by a median of 70%, according to Google.

The Core Web Vitals report in Search Console is also being used by many site owners to find areas for improvement.

Core Web Vitals can be measured in six different ways, according to Google.

For what it’s worth, Google suggests using AMP to optimise for the page experience signal because it’s simple and inexpensive.

According to Google, “the bulk of AMP sites achieve perfect page experiences.”

Non-AMP Content in Top Stories Carousel

Non-AMP pages will be able to appear in Top Stories in May 2021, according to Google’s announcement of the page experience signal.

The page experience rating signal will be updated at the same time as this update.

Any page that complies with Google News’ content policy will be eligible to appear in the Top Stories carousel, and pages that have a better user experience will be ranked higher.

Google says it will keep supporting AMP content in Google Search in the same way it does now.

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